Wharton storm victim: 'It's really something I've never seen before'

Dozens of homes and businesses were damaged in Wharton but no injuries were reported.

WHARTON, TEXAS - Folks in Wharton are sorting through damage and debris after strong winds – possibly even a tornado – blew through Tuesday morning.

A huge tree fell on a walkway at Wharton Jr. High and crews worked all afternoon to remove it. 

Our crews also found extensive damage at City-wide Storage on N. Richmond Road where several storage buildings were blown over.

Photos: Storm damage throughout Greater Houston Area

The owner and his daughter saw our first report from Wharton on KHOU 11 News and rushed to the scene to assess the damage and help customers check on their storage units.

“We’ve been selling buildings for a long time here and this is the first time we’ve had a total disaster,” Marshall Marshall said. “I can’t believe that those heavy buildings flew up and turned over. It’s really something I’ve never seen before.”

Heather Francis said they sought safety in a closet with her 93-year-old grandma when the storm hit.

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“We wanted to make sure she got in there…,” Heather said. “If something happened, I didn’t want to have to pick her up and hurt her to get her in the closet. We didn’t know what was going on.”

They also had their dog and cats in the closet.

After the storm passed, residents showed up to check on their stored belongings.

Iola Johnson said she was storing what she was able to salvage after the latest major flood in Wharton. She was especially worried about her precious “what nots” but early reports are that they were OK.

There was also roof damage at the business next door. Parts of their roof were later found on a house about a mile away. 

Thankfully, no one was hurt in the Wharton area. 

VIDEO: Wharton storm damage


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